It was sunny but still brisk last Friday. There was a sense of calm and also celebration in the livingroom, while the kitchen gave off the best aromas of homemade pasta in lasagna made by someone whose love language is food, and whose daughter would remember a large part of her wedding day as a long table with big laughs and stomachs full of homemade food. There was no first look nor intricate floral arrangements. That will be for another day, months from now, hopefully. There is so much Covid-19 cannot take. And on this day, with a state mandate to limit gatherings to half capacity, this family broke bread together, shed tears for one another, for the future, for the past, and for all the gifts of the present. Joy comes in the morning. The morning is here. Everything is made new and these two celebrate a beginning and a love story even Covid cannot steal.
My heart goes out to all the couples who are caught in the middle of this pandemic. I can guarantee that most likely everyone did not foresee potentially rescheduling their wedding. So much planning and coordinating and tears went in to the existing dates. And I cannot imagine being in the middle of this. To every couple potentially impacted by this virus, please know we vendors are hurting for you and are here with open arms to assist however is needed. There are networks we’ve been fortunate to make within the wedding community, and I feel like I can speak for most of us that we would love to walk with you through this, to provide resources and recommendations for any of your unforeseen needs. This time is not about tracking hours. It’s about meeting needs and supporting others in the best way... in the same way your grandma would make dinner for her neighbor, just because (though it might be best we not share dinners at this time). We love you, and we are in your corner. Also, this cake was made by the ever so talented @by_pensa !!
This morning, with his arms and legs wrapped right around me, and having no previous conversations about animals, he quietly said, “I am a koala bear and you are a stick” (I’m pretty sure he meant a branch). Well, I’ll be! I’m pretty sure if the SAT test still did analogies, my two year old would get a killer score. But prodigy children aside, in such crazy times as these, I’m really grateful my little ones are still little enough to hold and shelter and literally seal up into my home. We may not have toilet paper; we might not have hand sanitizer. But they’re safe. With me. They are my koala bears and I am their branch. Then afterwards, he said I was a mosquito and he was a bug. So you know, you win some, you lose some.
I just got a tour of the most beautiful new venue in Oswego, NY! If you’re looking for a chic, classic, elegant reception, @curtismanor has an all in one venue. It has separate prep areas for bridal party; it has the most beautiful ceremony site with that’s right, STAINED GLASS!; and it has enormous chandeliers in the reception space that can be lowered to easily adorn with the most stunning loose greens. Three cheers to this new venue for making all the right calls!
This couple got married on an island. Then boated to Boldt Castle’s yacht house for dinner. Then boated to another island to dance the night away. And they chose to do a first look (but only if it happened organically). #jvpcouplesberad! If you’re on the fence about a first look, drop me note! I’d love to chat with you about why I love them!